Ask your guests about the games they'd like to play when you invite them. For example, you might include the following in an email:
What kind of game do you want to play?
a) Texas Hold 'Em
b) Classic board game
c) Video game
Ask each player to bring her favorite game as well as a favorite dish or snack to share.
Staging a game night with kids may mean spending more time stopping arguments about what game to play than playing one! Instead, before game time, have everyone write down his fave game on a small piece of paper. Fold each one, put it in a baseball cap or bowl, and have the host choose one. Repeat as needed, or start with unchosen games first the next time you stage a game night.
You don't need an actual stage -- or acting skills -- to play improvisation games during game night. No tables, chairs, cards or dice are needed, either -- just you and your guests. Try this classic improv game, Zip Zap Zop:
Mad Libs are a fun choice for game nighters of all ages -- perfect, too, if you're short on space. All you need is a book of Mad Libs and a pencil.
If you have enough space in your home to set up some tables, stage different games at each one. For instance, set up one table for the young guests to play classic games like Candy Land or Chutes and Ladders; another table for parents to play blackjack or poker; and a third table for a strategy game such as chess.
The possibilities are endless. Have fun staging your own game night!
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